Volunteer at the Elkhart County Historical Museum                

Share your talents and gifts by becoming a volunteer at the museum. Volunteers are a vital part of the success of the institution and your help is greatly appreciated. You can have fun while assisting in preserving and sharing the history of Elkhart County!


Become a Volunteer

To become an Elkhart County Historical Museum volunteer fill out the form below or click here to download an application.

Please note that volunteers are chosen on an as-needed basis. Submission of this application will not guarantee placement. Volunteers must attend an orientation and will be screened to determine eligibility. A minimum commitment of 6 months is preferred unless otherwise stated but the number of hours per week is flexible for all positions. Most volunteers commit to an average of 6 hours per week.


Currently Open Positions

Collections

The museum is seeking a volunteer to complete an inventory of its bound newspaper collection. Part of the process will include online research to confirm which editions are already microfilmed or digitized in various collections around the county and state, creating a reference guide for staff and researchers. This position is limited term for the duration of the project but the time frame for its competition is flexible. Prospective volunteers will need to be able to stand and sit for extended periods and be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. Applicants ages 16+ will be considered. If interested, please fill out the form below.

Research

The museum is seeking a volunteer to update its research library files. The bulk of this project involves staying abreast of local current events and media and selectively adding material to our subject files. Auxiliary duties may include research in the library and writing reference guides as well as printing and filing. This position is ongoing and applicants should be prepared to commit to at least 6 months, though much of the work can be done at home or online. Applicants ages 16+ will be considered. Applicants with a strong understanding of local geography, buildings, and history are preferred. If interested, please fill out the form below. To review the subjects included in our research files click the link here

Data Entry/Collections

The museum is seeking a data entry volunteer to help update its digital collection of historic photographs and images. This project involves learning the basics of the museum’s cataloging software, PastPerfect, and uploading newly digitized images so they can be accessible for researchers and staff. This position is limited to the duration of the project but is expected to take more than a year as new images are digitized. Applicants should be prepared to commit to at least 6 months though the actual number of hours per week is completely flexible. Prospective volunteers will need to have basic computer skills, an attention to detail, and be comfortable with repetitive tasks. Applicants ages 16+ will be considered. If interested, please fill out the form below.



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